Trib Honored by Pa. NewsMedia for Investigating Sex Offenders, Claims 28 Statewide Awards


The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association honored the Tribune-Review for a second consecutive year with the prestigious G. Richard Dew Award for its investigation of how sex offenders go unnoticed in Pennsylvania long-term care facilities.

The recognition is one of 30 Keystone Media Awards given to the Trib by the association for work published in 2021.

The awards “enhance excellence in individuals in the news media profession, recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in the service of readers and the public, and faithfully discharging its rights/responsibilities of the first amendment,” according to the association.

The Dew Award recognizes “an outstanding contribution to the community or state through an article or series of articles published in print and/or online, which demonstrates improvement in the quality of community life, improving public understanding of the role of the news media, and journalistic responsiveness to matters of public interest.

The association features categories based on circulation as well as specialized awards given to the best work in a particular category among all entries.

In its broadcast category, the Trib won 11 first-place awards, nearly a third of the categories judged. Twenty-eight Trib entries were recognized in its broadcast group, out of a total of 98 entries.

The awards will be presented in October at a Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association luncheon in Harrisburg.

“We are extremely grateful for this recognition,” said Luis Fabregas, editor of Trib Total Media. “Day after day, our journalists strive to produce good work on behalf of the community and our readers.”

The Tribune-Review specialty awards were:

Price G. Richard Dew for journalistic service: “Hidden Danger: Registered Sex Offenders Often Go Undetected in Nursing Homes, Sometimes at Untold Cost”, Natasha Lindstrom, Debra Erdley, Susan McFarland.

Calkins Family Distinguished Video Award: Sean Stipp, for three works — “Called to Hallowed Ground”, “Olympic Oak: The Story of John Woodruff, the 1936 Berlin Olympics & the Roots of Athlete Activism” and “Hidden Dangers”.

Here is the full list of Trib’s Keystone winners in its broadcast category:

Company reports: first place, “Hidden Danger: Registered Sex Offenders Often Go Undetected in Nursing Homes, Sometimes at Untold Cost”, Natasha Lindstrom, Debra Erdley, Susan McFarland.

Report: first place, “Remembering a day like no other”, Paul Guggenheimer.

Business or consumer Narrative: second place, “Ghost kitchens: low-investment takeaways allow restaurants to experiment”, Patrick Varine.

Editorial: second place, “Politics and policy on a rough ride” (three editorials on Pennsylvania Turnpike and transportation funding), Lori Falce.

Sports/Outdoor column: second place, “the next Steelers quarterback is already on the list”; “Chase Claypool personifies the Steelers culture problem”; “Loyalty to Mike Tomlin leaves the Steelers going nowhere,” Mark Madden.

Sports business: second place, “Retrospective of September 11”, Tim Benz.

Sports Breaking News/Event Coverage: second place, “The return of Robert Morris University hockey”, Tim Benz.

Report: first place, “The greatest generation is 100 years old”, JoAnne Klimovich Harrop, Louis Ruediger, Chris Benson.

personality profile: first place, “Higher Calling: Catholic Priest, 90, Continues to Dedicate His Life to Church Service,” JoAnne Klimovich Harrop.

personality profile: second place, “According to the book: a former Pittsburgh television journalist shares the story of her daughter’s rare disease, the treatment”, JoAnne Klimovich Harrop.

Lifestyle/Entertainment Rhythm: second place, “Unique Pittsburgh Real Estate”, JoAnne Klimovich Harrop.

News photo: first place, “Jesus and Mary late St. Vladimir”, Louis Ruediger.

News photo: honorable mention, “Fireman in Saint-Vladimir”, Louis Ruediger.

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Firefighters recover the tabernacle during a fire Dec. 4, 2021 at St. Vladimir’s Catholic Church in Arnold.

News Event Photo: first place, “Ed Gainey elected mayor of Pittsburgh”, Kristina Serafini.


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Ed Gainey addresses his supporters during his election party at Benedum on November 2, 2021.

Picture Feature: first place, “Blessed Santa”, Kristina Serafini.


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John Suhr prays under a sign that reads “Blessed” in his hallway before heading out for a long day of Santa Claus performances at the Heinz History Center and then Santa Zoom in Market Square on November 26, 2021.

Photo report/Essay: first place, “A higher vocation: a Catholic priest at 90, continues to dedicate his life to the service of the church”, Kristina Serafini.

Photo report/Essay: second place, “Meet Pittsburgh’s Unofficial Santa,” Kristina Serafini.

News page design: honorable mention, “Sticker Shock”, “Spirits Shaken” and “Change of Classes”, Staff.

Feature page design: honorable mention, “It’s Pi(e) Day.” “Kitschy Kitchenware” and “Going Round & Round”, Melanie Wass.

Sports page design: second place, “Outside Pressure”, “’A Different World’” and “Timeless Treasure”, Jeff Vella.

Sports page design: honorable mention, “Achieving Perfection”, “Captain Cam” and “Huddle Muddle”, Personal.

Writing titles: first place, “Increased Wattage”, “Rocky Toppled” and “Home Groan”, Personal.

Documentary: first place, “Olympic Oak: The Story of John Woodruff, the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the Roots of Athlete Activism”, Sean Stipp, Chris Benson.

New Videos: first place, “Hidden Dangers”, Sean Stipp, Chris Benson, Natasha Lindstrom.

Features Videos: first place, “100: A Celebration of Centenarians”, Louis Ruediger.

Features Videos: second place, “Called to Hallowed Ground: The Phone Calls of Sept. 11, 2001,” Sean Stipp, Chris Benson.

Features Videos: honorable mention, “The day the music stopped”, Sean Stipp, Chris Benson.

Podcast: honorable mention,”Pittsburgh Popular“, Rob Owen, Tim Benz.

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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